2014 San Jose Mental Health Awareness Week – Ending The Stigma


Mental Health wasn’t given that much importance in the United States until the 1840’s when Dorothea Lynde Dix, a retired educator in Boston, pushed her advocacy on proper treatment by people on people with mental health issues. So much stigma surrounds the term “mental health disorder” because some individuals, who are not learned of the conditions, will immediately conclude that those with issues are “crazy” or “abnormal.” This is the very reason why programs like the 2014 San Jose Mental Health Awareness Week are initiated by experts and specialists so that those who assume and don’t know what it means will be able to understand.

What Is Mental Health Condition?

According to NAMI or the National Alliance for Mental Illness, a mental health condition is a disorder that influences an individual’s thoughts, emotion or mood. Such issues may affect somebody’s capacity to communicate with others and function every single day. Each will have diverse experiences, even those with the same mental health concern.

A mental health disorder is not the outcome of one occasion. A study reveals that it involves several relating reasons. Genes, surroundings and one’s way of life can impact whether a person develops a mental health problem. A demanding career or home life will make some people more predisposed, same with disturbing life happenings like being a car crash or a violent altercation. Biochemical progressions and brain structure may also be a cause for that.


What To Do Now?

If you have diabetes, you immediately go to your doctor and ask for advice. The doctor will provide you with a list of what to do and what medicines to take – in some cases. It is the same as you having hypertension or obesity, and other physical illnesses. The doctor will help you with management and treatment. The problem with our society now is that when a person has mental health issues, there is the stigma. Isn’t it just right that when a person is depressed, he goes to a doctor or therapist, and the specialist will provide a list of what to do and what medicines to take? It’s the same, right?